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History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

May 6 themselves our character, kept entirely aloof, but were ready at all times to listen to those who had the “poison of adders under their tongues,” and who sought our overthrow— Let every person who may have imbibed sentiments prejudicial to us, imitate the honorable example of our distinguished visitors (Douglass

23 Apr. 1813–3 June 1861. Lawyer, politician. Born at Brandon, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of Stephen Arnold Douglass and Sarah Fisk. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, 1830. Moved to Jacksonville, Morgan Co., Illinois, 1833. Served as attorney general of Illinois...

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and Walker) and I believe they will find much less to condemn than they anticipated, and probably a great deal to commend— What makes the late visit more pleasing, is the fact, that Messrs. Douglass

23 Apr. 1813–3 June 1861. Lawyer, politician. Born at Brandon, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of Stephen Arnold Douglass and Sarah Fisk. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, 1830. Moved to Jacksonville, Morgan Co., Illinois, 1833. Served as attorney general of Illinois...

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and Walker, have long been held in high estimation as politicians, being champions of the two great parties that exist in the State

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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; but laying aside all party strife, like brothers, citizens and friends, they mingle with us, mutually disposed to extend to us that courtesy, respect, and friendship, which I hope we shall ever be proud to reciprocate— I am, very respectfully, yours &c Joseph Smith.”
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8 May 1841 • Saturday

8 Saturday 8. Brother William Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

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is preaching in Pennsylvania

Area first settled by Swedish immigrants, 1628. William Penn received grant for territory from King Charles II, 1681, and established British settlement, 1682. Philadelphia was center of government for original thirteen U.S. colonies from time of Revolutionary...

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Accounts of the progress of the Gospel from the Elders abroad are very encouraging.
A magazine of 300 barrels of gunpowder at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina exploded, blowing the Fort, seven other buildings and forty persons to atoms.

12 May 1841 • Wednesday

12 Wednesday 12. The Rochester with the Elders, came in sight of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia.

15 May 1841 • Saturday

15 Good news has recently reached us from Tennessee, New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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, Upper Canada

British colony of Canada divided into Upper Canada and Lower Canada, 1791; reunited 1841. Upper Canada’s boundaries corresponded roughly to portion of present-day Ontario south of Hudson Bay watershed. Population in 1840 about 430,000. Immigrants mainly from...

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& New Orleans

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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The Elders are baptizing in all directions.

16 May 1841 • Sunday

16 Sunday 16. I addressed the Saints— The following is a sketch of my Sermon by the Editor of the Times and Seasons,
“At 10 o clock A.M. a large concourse of the Saints assembled on the Meeting Ground, and were addressed by President Joseph Smith, who spoke at considerable length. He commenced his observations by remarking that the kindness of our heavenly Father, called for our heartfelt gratitude. He * then observed that Satan was generally blamed for the evils which we did, but if he was the cause of all our wickedness, men could not be condemned. The devil cannot compel mankind to do evil, all was voluntary. Those who resist the Spirit of God, are liable to be led into temptation, and then the association of heaven is withdrawn from those who refuse to be made partakers of such great glory — God would not exert any compulsory means, and the Devil could not; and such ideas as were entertained by many, were absurd. The creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but Christ subjected the same in hope— we are all subject to vanity while we travel through the crooked paths, and difficulties which surround us. Where is the man that is free from vanity? None ever were perfect but Jesus, and why was he perfect? because he was the Son of God, and had the fulness of the Spirit, and greater power than any Man. But, notwithstanding our vanity, we look forward with hope, (because “we are subjected in hope,”) to the time of our deliverance. He then made some observations on the first principles of the gospel, observing that many of the Saints who had come from different states and nations had only a very superficial knowledge of these principles, not having heard them fully investigated. He then briefly stated the principles of faith, repentance and baptism for the remission of sins, which were believed by some of the religious societies of the day, but the doctrine of laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, was discarded by them. The speaker then referred to the 6th. chap. of Hebrews 1 and 2 verses, “not [p. 1202]
<May 6> themselves our character, kept entirely aloof, but were ready at all times  to listen to those who had the “poison of adders under their tongues,” and  who sought our overthrow— Let every person who may have imbibed  sentiments prejudicial to us, imitate the honorable example of our  distinguished visitors (Douglass

23 Apr. 1813–3 June 1861. Lawyer, politician. Born at Brandon, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of Stephen Arnold Douglass and Sarah Fisk. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, 1830. Moved to Jacksonville, Morgan Co., Illinois, 1833. Served as attorney general of Illinois...

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and Walker) and I believe they will find  much less to condemn than they anticipated, and probably a great deal  to commend— What makes the late visit more pleasing, is the fact,  that Messrs. Douglass

23 Apr. 1813–3 June 1861. Lawyer, politician. Born at Brandon, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of Stephen Arnold Douglass and Sarah Fisk. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, 1830. Moved to Jacksonville, Morgan Co., Illinois, 1833. Served as attorney general of Illinois...

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and Walker, have long been held in high estimation as  politicians, being champions of the two great parties that exist in the State

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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;  but laying aside all party strife, like brothers, citizens and friends, they  mingle with us, mutually disposed to extend to us <that> courtesy, respect, and  friendship, which I hope we shall ever be proud to reciprocate— I am,  very respectfully, yours &c Joseph Smith.”
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8 May 1841 • Saturday

<8> Saturday 8. Brother William Smith

13 Mar. 1811–13 Nov. 1893. Farmer, newspaper editor. Born at Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811; to Norwich, Windsor Co., 1813; and to Palmyra, Ontario Co., New York, 1816...

View Full Bio
is preaching in Pennsylvania

Area first settled by Swedish immigrants, 1628. William Penn received grant for territory from King Charles II, 1681, and established British settlement, 1682. Philadelphia was center of government for original thirteen U.S. colonies from time of Revolutionary...

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Accounts of the progress of the Gospel  from the Elders abroad are very encouraging.
<A magazine of 300 barrels of gunpowder at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina exploded, blowing the Fort, seven other buildings and forty persons to atoms.>

12 May 1841 • Wednesday

<12> <Wednesday 12. The Rochester with the Elders, came in sight of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia.>

15 May 1841 • Saturday

<15> Good news has recently reached us from Tennessee, New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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, Upper Canada

British colony of Canada divided into Upper Canada and Lower Canada, 1791; reunited 1841. Upper Canada’s boundaries corresponded roughly to portion of present-day Ontario south of Hudson Bay watershed. Population in 1840 about 430,000. Immigrants mainly from...

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& New Orleans

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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<The Elders are baptizing in all directions.>

16 May 1841 • Sunday

<16> Sunday 16. I addressed the Saints— The following <is a sketch> of my Sermon  by the Editor <of the Times and Seasons>,
“At 10 o clock A.M. a large concourse of the Saints assembled on the  Meeting Ground, and were addressed by President Joseph Smith, who spoke at  considerable length. He commenced his observations by remarking that  the kindness of our heavenly Father, called for our heartfelt gratitude. He  <*> then observed that Satan was generally blamed for the evils which we did,  but if he was the cause of all our wickedness, men could not be condemned.  The devil cannot compel mankind to <do> evil, all was voluntary. Those who  resist the Spirit of God, are liable to be led into temptation, and then the  association of heaven is withdrawn from those who refuse to be made partakers  of such great glory — God would not exert any compulsory means, and the  Devil could not; and such ideas as were entertained by many, were absurd.  The creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but Christ subjected the  same in hope— we are all subject to vanity while we travel through the crooked  paths, and difficulties which surround us. Where is the man that is free from  vanity? None ever were perfect but Jesus, and why was he perfect? because he  was the Son of God, and had the fulness of the Spirit, and greater power than any  Man. But, notwithstanding our vanity, we look forward with hope, (because “we  are subjected in hope,”) to the time of our deliverance. He then made some  observations on the first principles of the gospel, observing that many of the Saints  who had come from different states and nations had only a very superficial  knowledge of these principles, not having heard them fully investigated. He then  briefly stated the principles of faith, repentance and baptism for the remission  of sins, which were believed by some of the religious societies of the day, but the  doctrine of laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, was discarded by them.  The speaker then referred to the 6th. chap. of Hebrews 1 and 2 verses, “not [p. 1202]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. C-1, created 24 Feb. 1845–3 July 1845; handwriting of Thomas Bullock, Franklin D. Richards

2 Apr. 1821–9 Dec. 1899. Carpenter, businessman, newspaper editor. Born at Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Phinehas Richards and Wealthy Dewey. Raised Congregationalist. Baptized into LDS church by Phinehas Richards, 3 June 1838, at Richmond...

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, Jonathan Grimshaw, and Leo Hawkins; 512 pages, plus 24 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the third volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This third volume covers the period from 2 November 1838 to 31 July 1842; the remaining five volumes, labeled A-1, B-1, D-1, E-1 and F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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